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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 21, 2008 2:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yankees still team of last century

WHARF & WT...

In total agreement. In the end, it's just games played by adults lucky enough to have the talent to play a kids' sport & make more $$$ than you and I will ever see in one lifetime.

But I am a sports fan...there's really something beautiful about seeing a skilled athlete take away a home run w/a leaping catch at the wall, etc......same way some people find ballet beautiful I guess....also can't help rooting passionately for Boston sports teams; just grew up w/it.

But yeah, I mean, you don't get much out of it beyond some bragging rights and stories to tell about where you were when, etc.

I do believe though that each sports fan has the potential to be arrogant (unless you're a Cubs fan; poor guys)...and you can find some Red Sox fans that abuse the privilege...but you must know that for most of my life I suffered terrible abuses from Yankees fans who swore the REd Sox would NEVER win a WS....(Then when they won in '04 it changed to 'it'll be another 86 years before you win again'...then after '07 it morphed into 'well, we have 26 titles'!.....so I maintain Yankees fans are the worst abusers of their own teams' success)...but RS fans, TRUE Red Sox fans....are very grateful--and humble--about the team's recent success.

Back to the music!

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Oct 21, 2008 5:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yankees still team of last century

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grateful and still in shock , yes
humble?? nah not so much among those I know.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 21, 2008 6:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yankees still team of last century

depends on your definition of "humble", I suppose. Amazes me, though, how many Yankees fans came out of the woodwork to slam the Sox for losing game 7 to the Rays when the Yanks didn't even make the post-season at all this year.

Now THAT's arrogance.

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Poster: kochman Date: Oct 21, 2008 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yankees still team of last century

Man, you are still crying grendel? Ha ha ha

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 21, 2008 6:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yankees still team of last century

no, no, Kochman....after a great 7-game series that came up a little short, my philosophy is "nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile!" :-)

It was a fine, if not perfect season, for my Red Sox.

Sure as hell was better than finishing 3rd in the division and being a no-show in the playoffs. Hmmm....what team was it that had that fate this year? Can't recall....

This post was modified by grendelschoice on 2008-10-21 13:46:44

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Poster: kochman Date: Oct 21, 2008 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yankees still team of last century

Glad I live in Tampa Bay and the Rays are a great team for me to cheer for!

I would also love to point out how HUGE this thread has gotten... that in and of itself is funny.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 23, 2008 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yankees still team of last century

yes, that IS funny.

Go Phillies! (Up 1-0 today!)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 21, 2008 7:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yankees still team of last century

I hear you; when you read or listen to some (always BASEBALL I have noticed...interesting) speak of it, as you do, you can appreciate the upside to sports.

I was just coming on a bit strong there; in my heart of hearts I think I just feel uneasy about the level to which we have taken this whole sports biz...

But I can completely immerse myself in a Joy of Mudville poem and appreciate the positives...oh yeah.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 21, 2008 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Yankees still team of last century

Even as I watch sports (baseball & hockey mostly; my 2 favorites) each year with devotion, I always feel a little guilty about it. I do think we as a society put too much emphasis on sports to the detriment of other pursuits (arts especially; science and math proficiency even more in school) and the pressure to win at any cost hurts kids especially. I also don't like the fact that kids are scouted as early as high school in some cases and college athletes are treated like rock stars (until they blow out an ACL and are then discarded like bad meat).

It's a conundrum for sure, but I guess I always come back because what happens "in between the lines" can be so incredible. Also, as Bob Costas so succinctly put it, it's "unscripted drama." At that bases loaded, 2-out moment with the game on the line in the bottom of the 9th...well, anything can happen and it's hard to beat genuine moments like that. (Unless it's the Dead pulling out "Box of Rain" at the end of the first set in Hampton in 1986 after a 14-year absence ;-)